Graduation Gifts That Aren’t Money


Graduation gifts gulf coast momCash may be the easiest gift to give the newly minted graduate, but it’s not always the most personal.

We’ve gathered great gift ideas for the special graduates in your life — from high school to college and graduate school to medical school, we’ve got you covered!


JBL waterproof Bluetooth speaker Graduation Gift
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  • JBL Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: This is a great outdoor wireless speaker that puts out a lot of sound for its size.
  • Uber gift card: These will come in handy for those super late night study sessions. Okay, okay… Who are we kidding?! These will come in handy when the designated driver doesn’t have enough space in their car. They can be PURCHASED ONLINE or local grocery stores.
Graduation gift collegiate purse strap
Photo credit: Gabrielle’s website
  • Collegiate Beaded Strap for Purse: This is great for accessorizing your clear bag for game days. This strap is so chic, making your purse look unique and detailed. PURCHASE ONE from Gabrielle’s!
  • Personalized Jon Hart book bag from Heritage House.
  • Movie Night Gift Basket: Put together a gift basket with popcorn, Netflix gift card, and their fave movie candy! After a stressful move-in day, they can invite their new friends over to watch a movie!
  • Laundry Necessities: If “cleanliness is next to godliness” then the new graduate will appreciate these smell good necessities! Include detergent, color catchers (for when they don’t have time to separate the laundry), stain remover and fabric softener. Present all the goodies in THIS HAMPER.


  • Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs: These scrubs come highly recommended by healthcare professionals, including a family doctor and mom that needs comfort and durability while working long shifts. CLICK HERE to purchase a gift certificate.


  • Doctors Without Borders: This nonprofit organization serves as the global first responders to emergencies, epidemics and natural disasters. They provide life-saving medical care and relief efforts to those most in need. MAKE A DONATION in honor of your graduate.
  • Or make a donation in their honor to the Foundation Office at their alma mater.


Sadie have wreaths
Photo credit: Sadie Jane’s
  • Personalized Wreath for Door: Customize a wreath for any school or subject! ORDER these at Sadie Jane’s!
  • Educate & Celebrate Gift Certificate: This store is a teacher’s dream – especially first-year teachers setting up their classrooms!


Graduation gift billboard

  • Lamar Billboard: How do we tell the world we’re proud of our graduate? Well, with a large billboard! Typically 14 feet high and 48 feet wide, a billboard provides 672 square feet of space for happy parents to humbly brag! RESERVE a sign today!
  • Surprise Cakes: Take the graduation cake to the next level! Have the graduation gift pop out of the cake!
  • Charging Station for All the Electronics: THIS 3-in-1 wireless charging station charges the phone, watch and headphones.
Alpha-Lit light up letters Graduation gift
Photo credit: Alpha-Lit MS Gulf Coast
  • Celebrate with Lights: Alpha-Lit sets up these ah-mazing light up letters and numbers for any event! They are perfect for your next graduation party!
  • Keurig Coffee Machine: Coffee – we all need it to live! This is a great gift for college students to put in their dorm or for new doctors to put in their break room!
ShellBee’s Crafts money Lei
Photo credit: ShellBee’s Crafts
  • Money! Cash! Dollar Bills!: Okay, we know we said no money but this Money Lei is the hottest graduation trend right now!


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Christy is Co-Founder and Owner of Gulf Coast Moms Blog. She was born in Costa Rica and moved to the United States when she was 6 years old. She vividly remembers flying into New Orleans and knew, in the moments to come, her life would change forever. She grew up in Moss Point and moved to Hattiesburg to attend college at Southern Miss, where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She met her love, Matthew, and they have enjoyed married life for 13 years. They live in Long Beach with their precious children, John Salem and Ann-Michael. Prior to co-founding Gulf Coast Moms Blog, she had a successful 10+ year career in higher education administration, where she developed and spear-headed campus-wide student initiatives and events. Christy is now spending her days as a stay-at-home mom and serves her community through several non-profit organizations. She enjoys making Costa Rican tamales, a fresh margarita from El Aguila, annual sister spa day, collecting random owl things (Hootie Hoo to my Chi Omega sisters), words of wisdom from Irish priests and pool days. She is passionate about connecting women and creating a supportive, nurturing community to empower moms.